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Catch softball star Arioto at Falcon Fest

Softball fans are invited to Foothill High on Friday evening for a meet and greet with alum Val Arioto. The 2007 Foothill graduate is now an All-American at Cal and helped the U.S. national team win the World Cup in July.

Arioto will be on hand as part of Falcon Fest, a spirit-building event that is open to the entire community and free of charge. She will be at the sports field across from the pool entrance from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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Big names coming to Concord softball clinic

Several noteworthy instructors will be on hand for an elite softball clinic hosted by the East Bay Vipers on Sept. 10 and 11.
The impressive group of instructors is headlined by Ashley Charters, an NCAA champion while at Washington, and Team Canada member Jenn Salling, who also played at Washington. Others include University of Pacific All-American Gina Carbonatto, Pacific pitching coach Jessica Hancock and personal trainer Ron Cervellin.
The clinic will be broken up into two parts. There will be a six-hour clinic on both days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. where players will be instructed on various skills as they shuttle from station to station. A separate clinic from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. will help players who want to focus on specific skills. Players can choose between hitting/bunting, infield, outfield, catching and pitching.
The clinic is for players ages 12 and up and will be held at Willow Pass Park in Concord. Players must register before Sept. 3. Cost is $200 for the 6-hour clinic and $100 for the specific skills clinic.
For more information or to register, email Martin Soares at msoares@raymorgan.com.

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Alhambra’s Perez picks UCLA

Alhambra High’s Kylee Perez still has three more years of high school softball left, but she has already made her college choice.
The incoming sophomore shortstop gave an oral commitment to UCLA on Monday, picking the Bruins over a handful of other Pac-10 programs.
“It was the best fit for me,” said Perez. “The reason I chose UCLA was because of the academics and athletic tradition. Also the coaches were exactly what I was looking for. I’ve had UCLA in mind for awhile. I took a visit there and it was definitely a fit for me.”
Perez made a big impression in her first year of high school softball, hitting .628 for the North Coast Section Division III champion Bulldogs. A leadoff hitter, Perez was also named MVP of the Diablo Foothill Athletic League, hit nine home runs, drove in 29, scored 41 times and stole 35 bases.
UCLA won the NCAA championship in 2010 and has won 12 national titles since 1982.

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Final East Bay softball poll

Team Record Points Last week
1. Amador Valley (7) 22-5 105 3
2. James Logan 23-4 98 1
3. Heritage 15-8 85 9
4. Pinole Valley 24-2 84 2
5. Newark Memorial 22-4 81 4
6. Carondelet 18-9 65 NR
7. Alhambra 21-6 58 t11
8. Concord 20-5 57 5
9. Freedom 17-8 49 t6
10. California 18-7 45 t6
11. Antioch 16-6 43 8
12. Castro Valley 18-8 25 14
13. Alameda 20-6 18 15
14. Berkeley 16-8 11 13
15. Albany 20-4-1 10 t11

Also receiving votes: Valley Christian (18-4, 4 votes), Monte Vista (13-12, 2). The East Bay Prep Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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East Bay Softball Poll — 5/16

Team Record Points Last week
1. James Logan (6) 19-3 90 1
2. Pinole Valley 21-1 84 2
3. Amador Valley 16-5 78 3
4. Newark Memorial 20-2 71 t5
5. Concord 16-4 67 t5
t6. Freedom 15-7 55 8
t6. California 16-5 55 4
8. Antioch 13-4 51 9
9. Heritage 11-7 43 7
10. Arroyo 16-5 38 13
t11. Alhambra 16-6 23 11
t11. Albany 18-2-1 23 14
13. Berkeley 14-7 19 15
14. Castro Valley 16-7 17 10
15. Alameda 18-5 4 NR

Also receiving votes: Livermore (12-10, 3 votes), Bishop O’Dowd (14-7, 1). The East Bay Prep Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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East Bay softball poll — 5/9

Team Record Points Last week
1. James Logan (6) 16-3 90 1
2. Pinole Valley 18-1 84 3
3. Amador Valley 14-5 78 5
4. California 15-4 69 2
t5. Newark Memorial 18-2 62 9
t5. Concord 14-3 62 8
7. Heritage 10-6 54 4
8. Freedom 13-7 52 6
9. Antioch 12-4 43 7
10. Castro Valley 15-6 35 12
11. Alhambra 15-4 30 13
12. Carondelet 14-5 24 10
13. Arroyo 13-5 15 NR
14. Albany 14-2 7 14
15. Berkeley 13-7 6 NR

Also receiving votes: Monte Vista (10-10, 5 votes), Alameda (17-4, 3), Livermore (11-9, 1). The East Bay Prep Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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East Bay Softball Poll — 5/2

Here are our latest East Bay rankings. Hardly any movement from last week.

Team Record Points Last week
1. James Logan (7) 15-3 105 1
2. California 15-2 96 2
3. Pinole Valley 17-1 93 3
4. Heritage 9-5 81 4
5. Amador Valley 11-5 80 5
6. Freedom 12-6 70 6
7. Antioch 11-3 60 7
8. Concord 13-3 58 8
9. Newark Memorial 17-2 45 9
10. Carondelet 13-4 38 10
11. Alameda 16-3 37 11
12. Castro Valley 13-6 29 11
13. Alhambra 13-4 24 13
14. Albany 12-1 14 14
15. Monte Vista 9-9 5 NR

Also receiving votes: Clayton Valley (8-7, 3 votes), Arroyo (11-5, 3), Livermore (9-9, 1). The East Bay Prep Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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East Bay softball poll — 4/25

Sorry the softball poll has been absent from the blog these last few weeks. Here are our latest East Bay rankings.

Team Record Points Last week
1. James Logan (7) 14-3 105 1
2. California 10-1 98 2
3. Pinole Valley 13-1 91 3
4. Heritage 8-5 81 5
5. Amador Valley 10-5 80 4
6. Freedom 7-5 69 6
7. Antioch 9-3 62 t7
8. Concord 13-3 57 t8
9. Newark Memorial 16-2 41 12
10. Carondelet 11-2 40 t9
11. Alameda 15-3 36 t9
12. Castro Valley 12-6 33 11
13. Alhambra 11-4 25 13
14. Albany 10-1 10 14
15. Livermore 8-8 5 t15

Also receiving votes: Clayton Valley (8-7, 3 votes), Arroyo (9-4, 3), Monte Vista (8-8, 1). The East Bay Prep Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.

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East Bay softball poll — 4/4

Here’s our second East Bay softball poll.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Amador Valley (7) 6-0 105 1
2. James Logan 4-1 98 2
3. Concord 9-1 88 t7
4. Heritage 4-1 86 4
5. Freedom 3-3 76 5
6. Antioch 8-2 70 3
7. California 6-1 61 9
8. Pinole Valley 9-1 56 6
9. Bishop O’Dowd 9-1 44 t7
10. Alhambra 2-0 41 10
11. Alameda 10-1 36 t15
12. Carondelet 8-1 32 t15
13. Newark Memorial 9-1 21 12
t14. Castro Valley 5-4 9 NR
t14. Albany 8-1 9 14

Also receiving votes: Clayton Valley (2-4, 5 votes), College Park (4-2, 2), Arroyo (5-3, 1). The East Bay Prep Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.